SCA announces emerging female leaders for WLA scholarships

Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) has selected 11 emerging female leaders to be part of its new scholarship program, created as part of International Women’s Day initiatives.

The program has been created in partnership with Women and Leadership Australia (WLA), a national initiative dedicated to supporting a higher representation of female leadership throughout the Australian workforce and the broader community.

The program saw SCA’s senior leadership team invited to submit nominations for the program, with 11 successful candidates offered scholarships to help SCA with succession planning and building leadership capability through diversity.

LiSTNR Original Podcasts head of content, Jennifer Goggin, national head of strategy and partnerships, Abi Wallis

All scholarship participants will now undertake a seven month executive ready leadership development program created by WLA and adapted from the Australian School of Applied Management.

The participants are:

    • Nicole Bishop – Deputy Head of Legal Affairs
    • Jennifer Goggin – Head of Content – LiSTNR Original Podcasts
    • Jennifer Hand – General Manager – Wagga Wagga
    • Alison Longhurst – Content Director – Gold Coast.
    • Jeanna Manifold – Head of Studio – Brisbane
    • Patricia McNally – Head of Service Management
    • Kim Norman – Head of Podcast Sales – LiSTNR
    • Georgi Oates – Senior Media Manager
    • Rachel Simons – Finance Business Partner – Sydney & Technology
    • Tanaya Treadwell – General Manager – Bendigo
    • Abi Wallis – National Head of Strategy and Insights 

CEO Grant Blackley said the program is part of SCA’s commitment to building its leadership capabilities.

“Our leaders play a pivotal role in driving our success, supporting our people and living our values. As such we have an ongoing commitment to building our leadership capability.

“As part of our leadership focus, we are dedicated to ensuring the continued support, development and advancement of our exceptionally talented female leaders across SCA.”

The Executive Ready program is designed to stretch existing leaders and propel them towards executive-level performance, behaviours, and mindsets.

In year two of the program, each participant will be offered a mentor on the senior leadership team to ensure their growth and development continues.

Blackley added: “We had a number of outstanding nominations however we are confident in our selection and feel our successful applicants demonstrate a commitment to SCA’s future success and have a desire to make a positive leadership impact across the broader business.

“Given our ongoing commitment to reinvesting in our people through learning and development – we are looking forward to rolling out a range of other learning opportunities over the coming months, including SCA Mentoring, a refreshed sales training offering, executive masterclasses and more.”


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